A bored dog often spells trouble! Boredom can result in many dog behavior problems such as:
- Excessive barking
- Excessive licking
- Inappropriate chewing
- Getting into things he shouldn’t
A tired dog is less likely to be bored. Exercising your dog will help him release energy, relieve boredom, and keep his mind active. Toys conducive to the outdoors are usually excellent for exercising your dog. (See some fetch toys for dogs.)
Some dog toys are more conducive to keeping your dog busy and his mind stimulated. Interactive dog toys are particularly useful for stimulating a dog’s mind, and ultimately preventing boredom.
I love to buy new toys for my dog, especially durable dog toys that will entertain him. I currently have Kobe, a fairly small dog (20 lbs) who is a gentle chewer. My 60 lb. dog, Lucky, who recently passed was just the opposite…a heavy chewer. The following top picks are based on what worked for my dogs.
My Top Picks of Dog Toys for Heavy Chewers
The large Everlasting Treat Ball entertained Lucky for a total of at least 10 hours. The treat has to be licked, and it lasts quite a long time. If refills are not on hand, peanut butter or regular treats can be inserted. I found this toy to be especially great when we had company and wanted to keep Lucky busy.
These are very tough, heavy-duty balls that are great for outside play. We also used them for fetching in the water. My son particularly liked the football-shaped toy…anything to strengthen the bond between a child and a pet is a good thing! (Many dogs need A LOT of exercise to prevent dog boredom, so be sure to get the whole family involved!)
Similar to the Everlasting Treat Ball, this toy stimulates your dog’s problem solving skills and relieves boredom. I have friends who rave about this toy. It is extremely durable and all dogs love the food reward! Put a little of his dog food in the toy, and give him that much less at meal time.
My Top Picks of Dog Toys for Gentle Chewers
Plush dog toys are ideal for fetch, snuggling, or chewing, and plush dog toys retain your pet’s scent to keep him coming back to it again and again. Kobe especially likes toys that make a sound whether it be a squeak, crinkle or crackle. As you can see in this video , my dog loves to shake this soft toy!
Because of their appearance, I affectionately refer to Skinneez dog toys as “road kill”. Regardless of it’s looks, my dogs love it and carry it around like a baby blanket. Each toy has a few squeakers. Although my “heavy chewer” got the squeakers out almost immediately, they did last a few weeks–longer than any other squeaker toy! Kobe, my “gentle chewer” still has his Skinneez intact after 2 months. Added bonus: These toys are washable.
Here again, I think the noise that my dog can easily make with this toy attracts him to the toy. A plush cover goes over an empty water bottle. It comes with a bottle, but you can always replace it. My dog is also able to grab it by the limbs and give it a good shake. As an option, you can remove the water bottle for a stuffing-free plush toy to suit the play habits and preferences of your dog.
The Busy Buddy Dog Bone is so popular with my dogs, I just have to add it to my list of great dog toys! It’s durable enough to handle tough chewers, but fit for any dog. I prefer the bristle style because dogs brush their own teeth while they’re madly working at getting the delicious treat disc in the bone! Read my post that gives more details about the Busy Buddy Dog Bone. It’s sure to keep your dog entertained and help prevent dog boredom!
Other Helpful Boredom-Fighting Articles:
- Pets Can Benefit From Spending Time Outside
- Excessive Barking: A Common Behavior Problem
- Leading Cause of Dog Behavior Problems